The Sydney Chamber Choir presents Garden of the Soul, a program of music that speaks of connections with nature and with each other, exploring creativity, love and loss of innocence.
This second concert in the 2021 series includes Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Vidi speciosam which evokes lush Renaissance gardens; visions of landscapes arise in Clemens non Papa’s sublime Ego flos campi, and the tragic loss of love in spring exudes in Claudio Monteverdi’s stirring Zefiro torna.
A favourite of singers, Benjamin Britten’s extraordinary Hymn to St Cecilia explores ideas of the soul and laments the loss of childhood innocence. You’ll hear this well-loved work together with two gems of Britten’s early years, Rosa mystica and Hymn to the Virgin.
However, the highlight of this concert will be the world premiere of a song cycle by Australian composer, Joe Twist. Commissioned by Sydney Chamber Choir with the most generous gift of two of our greatest supporters, this significant work responds to humankind’s challenge of climate change and caring for our natural world. Twist has set Australian poetry to music in a work arousing our emotions from the joys and fun of magpies and lorikeets to the seriousness of the realities of our world.
Artistic Director Sam Allchurch with pianist Luke Byrne and the singers look forward to sharing Garden of the Soul with you in the beautiful acoustic of Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.